Student Rights

Free legal help for students, parents & caregivers

Separated parents

If my child doesn’t live with me at all, can I still access information held at their school?

Yes. All parents, including those who don’t have day-to-day care of their child, and all non-parent guardians, should usually:

Depending on their age and maturity, students may withhold their consent to information being given to their non-custodial parent. Schools may withhold information on these grounds.

For more details about this area, see “Parents getting information from the school”.

However, schools will have to follow any court order or written parenting agreement that deals with the release of information to either parent.

What happens when separated parents can’t agree on aspects of their child’s schooling?

If parents can’t agree, either of them can apply for a Family Court order to decide the issue.

This may include: